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Memoir: Corrie Ten Boom

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2009 at 4:30 pm

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On this day in 1944, Corrie ten Boom, the Dutch Holocaust survivor and the author of The Hiding Place, was released from Ravensbruck concentration camp due to a clerical error. For the remaining years of her life she traveled the world, telling her story, and encouraging those facing persecution. In 1976 she came to the Moody Bible Institute and spoke to the students and staff. This piece features a few excerpts of that address.

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Biography Week

In History on December 28, 2009 at 4:30 pm

I am taking the week off to catch up on other work, but all this week am re-airing a number of biographies from the last 12 months.

Monday – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (from February 27th)
Guest: Charles Calhoun – Historian and Biographer

Tuesday – Andrew Melville (from July 31st)
Guests include: James McDonald – Senior Pastor of Providence Church in Morton, IL, and Rev. Ronald Mackenzie, Retired Minister – Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland

Thursday – James Clerk Maxwell (from June 12th)
Guests include: Randy J. Guliuzza – National Representative for the Institute for Creation Research

Friday – The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards (recut):
Guest: Rev. Steven Lawson, Senior Pastor – Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, AL

Conversation: A Vision for Christian Filmmaking with Jim McBride

In Church, Culture, Family, General Interest on December 23, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Jim McBride as “Bobby Lee Duke” in Facing the Giants

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What happens when a church catches a vision to reach out to its community with the gospel, yet realizes that it’s next to impossible to get them into the building? Well, in 2002 Sherwood Baptist Church decided to overcome this problem by making a movie. This feature is a conversation with Jim McBride, executive producer with Sherwood Pictures…

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Science: The Christmas Star

In Church, Culture, Current Events, General Interest, Science, Scripture on December 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm

The Christmas Star

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Many Christmas cards, Christmas carols, and pageants include allusions to the three Magi and the Christmas Star. This feature looks at some of the explanations of this star which guided the wise men.

Guest include:
Dr. Jason Lisle, Astronomer, Astrophysicist and Director of the Planetarium for the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum
Dr. Donald DeYoung, Chairman of the Department of Physical Science at Grace College, Winona Lake, IN
Jay Ryan, author of Signs and Seasons Astronomy Curriculum

Ministry Profile: The Home School Foundation

In Culture, Family, General Interest, Testimonies on December 21, 2009 at 10:16 pm

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There are more than 2 million children nationwide who are educated at home by parents or relatives. While there are many blessings to home education, there are also challenges facing these families, particularly during these difficult economic times; but when a family faces an additional trial like illness, death of spouse or government interference, it can make it almost impossible. This feature profiles a ministry that reaches out to home school families in need.

Charles Hurst is the Executive Director of The Home School Foundation.

Conversation: Christmas Perspectives

In Church, Culture, Current Events, Family, General Interest, Scripture, Testimonies on December 18, 2009 at 10:37 pm

A Christmas Posada

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For Christians around the world, there are many Christmas traditions that are different from our own, which can often bring unique ways of thinking about the season.  This feature looks at the holiday from two very different perspectives.

Guests include:

Dr. Michael Rydelnik, Professor of Jewish Studies at the Moody Bible Institute
Dr. Marta Alvarado, former Chair of the Christian Education Department at the Moody Bible Institute

The material for today’s feature comes from the Moody Radio archives and a 1998 Open Line program.

Theology: The Gospel is for the Broken

In Church, Culture, General Interest, Scripture on December 17, 2009 at 9:49 pm

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What should the church do with those who see themselves as “alumni” of the Christian faith—those who once professed Christ but for a variety of reasons have left it behind? This feature takes a look at this difficult question with Dr. Rod Rosenbladt, Professor of Theology at Concordia University, Irvine, and co-host of the White Horse Inn radio broadcast.

Dr. Rosenbladt has spoken at length about this topic and the audio (and transcript) of that lecture is available  from New Reformation Press.

A shorter version of that article is available from Table Talk Magazine (Nov. 2009).

Memoir: The Life of Oral Roberts

In Church, Culture, Current Events, General Interest, History on December 16, 2009 at 11:38 pm

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Yesterday, evangelist, educator and Christian Television pioneer Oral Roberts died at age 91 from complications of pneumonia in Newport Beach, California. This feature takes a brief look at his life and his unique impact on the Evangelical church worldwide.

Today’s guests include:

Dr. Larry Eskridge, Associate Director for the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals
Dr. Phil Cooke, President and Creative Director of Cooke Pictures

Phil Cooke is the author of: Branding Faith: Why Some Churches and Non-Profits Impact Culture and Others Don’t and his blog is The Change Revolution.

Monday’s memorial service in Tulsa, OK, can be watched live online at 2pm.  For more information, visit: www.goldeneagle.tv

Analysis: Church Growth Models?

In Church, Culture, Current Events, General Interest, Scripture on December 16, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Pastor Dan Willis

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An important impulse for believers is looking for ways to increase the ministry impact of the local church. This report looks at a couple churches with two very different approaches to outreach and what we might learn from them.

Guests include:

Dr. John Koessler, Chair of the Pastoral Department at the Moody Bible Institute
Rev. Tom Eggebeen, Interim Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles, CA
Rev. Dan Willis, Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Church of All Nations in Alsip, IL

Dr. Koessler has edited a book entitled: The Moody Handbook of Preaching (Moody Press, 2008).  It’s available through CBD or Amazon.com.

He’s also the author of: A Stranger in the House of God: From Doubt to Faith and Everywhere in Between (Zondervan, 2007).

Books: The Overload Syndrome and Margin

In Church, Culture, Family, General Interest on December 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm


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During this time of year we often experience higher levels of stress due to the increased demands on our time and resources. But for most of us, even without the holiday pressures, we tend to be overloaded with activities and commitments.

This features looks at some of the ways we can bring margin into our lives and avoid some of the pressures that so easily rob us of joy.

Dr. Richard Swenson is a physician, educator and author of: The Overload Syndrome (1998) and Margin (1992, 2004) both published by NavPress.

Today’s feature is based on an interview with Dr. Swenson conducted in 1998 for Moody Radio’s Open Line program.  If you’d like to hear the complete 40:00 conversation click here: